Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Métro-Car Fleet Price Soars

One of the proposed exterior appearances of the new line of metro trains.
Photograph by: courtesy, City of Montreal

From The Montreal Gazette:

Original number of vehicles might triple to 1,000.

The original $1.2-billion price tag from consortium Bombardier/Alstom to renew Montreal’s métro-car fleet has soared, perhaps to $2 billion, and the original 342 cars required has at least more than doubled to 765 and perhaps tripled to 1,000.

Transport Minister Julie Boulet and Claude Béchard, MNA for Kamouraska-Témiscouata where Bombardier has a railcar factory, said on the weekend talks with Bombardier and Alstom had evolved and the proposed contract, until now pegged at $1.2 billion, would be far higher.

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My Comment: I cannot say that I am surprised. City of Montreal politicians have a habit of stating one price .... but the ultimate price is always 3x to 4x larger.

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